Established 2000

Objectives

The MIDSA initiative is a collaborative effort between IOM and its partner, the Southern African Migration Project (SAMP). IOM and SAMP are the main facilitators of the MIDSA workshops, which bring together senior government officials from SADC countries to discuss and agree upon migration-related issues of regional concern.
MIDSA initiative creates a framework for a regular migration dialogue that includes:

  • Provision of a forum in which to build trust and confidence between participating SADC migration officials;
  • Promotion of the positive aspects of migration among SADC Member States; and
  • Development of regional institutional capacities to deal with migration, while strengthening the capacity of Governments to meet their migration challenges in a comprehensive, interactive, self-reliant and, ultimately, sustainable way.  

Focus

  • Migration/Border management
  • Development
  • Health
  • Labour migration
  • Irregular movements
  • Trafficking and smuggling
  • Migrants' rights
  • Return and readmission

Participating States (15)
Current Chair: Swaziland
Incoming Chair: South Africa
Past Chair: Botswana

Angola
Botswana
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lesotho
Madagascar
Malawi
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Seychelles
South Africa
Swaziland
Tanzania
Zambia
Zimbabwe

9 Observer States

Australia
Canada
Denmark
Netherlands
Norway
Sweden (SIDA)
Switzerland
the United Kingdom
The United States of America

Observer Organizations

Partners

  • Save the Children International
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • International Detention Coalition (IDC)

Secretariat
IOM provides technical and administrative support.

Recent Meetings

  • 7-9 July 2015 – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Ministerial Meeting under the theme, “Addressing Mixed and Irregular Migration in the SADC region: Protection of the Unaccompanied Migrant Child".
    FInal Declaration ( EN | FR | PR )
  • Technical Meeting “Addressing Mixed Migration in Southern Africa: Linking Protection, Immigration, Border Management and Labour Migration”, 16 – 18 August 2016, Gaborone, Botswana

Previous Meeting

Contact:

Sikhulile Dhlamini
Head of Office
International Organization for Migration Mission in Botswana
E-mail: sngqase@iom.int